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1987 Vega Sicilia Unico

  • 92 WA
  • 89 WS
  • 94 IWC
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SKU: 60296-1987-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    ($20) Medium ruby. Sappy raspberry, game and spices on the nose. A wine of great verve and sweetness; lush and chewy but also urgent and sharply delineated. Bracing acids give this dense wine buns of steel. Wonderful expanding finish features strong but thoroughly ripe tannins. An outstanding vintage for this legendary wine.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: November/December 2001
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

    Still lively, this supple red offers focused berry, licorice, raisin, cola and tobacco flavors that are exuberant, even a bit sharp. It's harmonious, with well-integrated tannins, vibrant acidity and a spicy finish. Distinctive. 6,600 cases made.
    Author: Thomas Matthews
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    The renowned Unico (produced from 80-100 year old vines) is one of the world's most distinctive, singular wines. Always released late, it is incredibly fresh, and capable of 2-3 more decades of evolution. The 1987 Unico Reserva's opaque ruby/purple color is accompanied by a glorious perfume of sweet cherries, flowers, licorice, and toasty oak. Full-bodied, with tremendous brightness and texture as well as an elegant, long, head-turning finish, it is undoubtedly super juice. However, for the difference in price, readers might opt to purchase either the 1997 or 1998 Valbuena.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Connaisseurs
Vega Sicilia is Spain's most well known and prestigious estate. It was founded in 1864 by Don Eloy Lecanda y Chaves, who brought vine cuttings from Bordeaux of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot to plant alongside Tinto Fino. Vega Sicilia's 3 cuvees include the flagship "Unico," a multi-vintage blend called "Reserva Especial," and the more forward-style Valbuena.

Depending on the vintage, Unico is made from a blend of 80% Tempranillo with the balance of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Traditionally the wine is aged for ten years in barrel before its release. The Reserva Especial is a blend of top vintages, while the Valbuena is made from younger vines and bottled after five years. A Valbuena cuvee with three years of aging was produced until 1998, but has been discontinued.

The Reserva Especial bottlings contain a unique blend of vintages:

1979 bottling: 1962, 1964, 1968 vintages,1980 bottling: 1960, 1962, 1972 vintages,1990 bottling: 1968, 1970 vintages,1993 bottling: 1970, 1972 vintages,1996 bottling: 1973, 1981 vintages,1997 bottling: 1981, 1986, 1990 vintages,1998 bottling: 1981, 1990 vintages,2000 bottling: 1985, 1990, 1994 vintages,2004 bottling: 1985, 1990, 1991 vintages,2005 bottling: 1985, 1991, 1996 vintages

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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 230 bottles owned
  • 57 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 57 collectors)